The Skerries Restaurant at Dunstane House Hotel takes its name from the tiny islets which are dotted around the main islands of Orkney.
The origins of the word skerries are unclear but a crack team of Big Deal linguists can reveal it probably means something along the lines of ‘Jings! That’s a mighty braw Big Deal. I could fair go a steak and the starters look top notch too!’
The Big Deal is for each person to enjoy a starter and steak main course from the dinner menu at The Skerries Restaurant. Alternatively, you can choose to have a main and one of the home-made desserts available.
The owners of Dunstane House Hotel and The Skerries Restaurant have Orkney roots and this is reflected in the sourcing of the top quality ingredients on their a la carte menu.
Dishes change to reflect the seasons and what’s available in market but typical starters include Orkney seafood chowder; blue shell Shetland mussels cooked in white wine and shallots; duck liver pate with toasted brioche and, this is a cracker, king scallops served with braised pork cheek, Stornoway black pudding, poached pear and crisp bacon.
Black Gold Orkney rib-eye
There will be a vegetarian option available but the highlight of your meal is likely to be the main course of Black Gold Orkney rib-eye which is char-grilled and served with chips, garlic and herb butter or red wine sauce.
The Skerries Restaurant has been winning fans on TripAdvisor. This is what a recent guest had to say:
‘The chowder was of the highest quality, rib eye steak very succulent and tender – cooked to perfection at medium rare, and the cheeseboard certainly looked appetising, but due to the size of the portions, I did not make much headway into the cheeseboard. The staff were very polite and efficient, and I would highly recommend Skerries Restaurant…’